I get it, you’re bored because you’re quarantined in your house with nowhere to go and nothing to do. You’re anxious because you don’t know how long this will continue. You’re upset because, “I was just starting to get on track…and then this happened.” Honestly, I felt the same. I was tired of lounging around binge watching T.V., exhausting my social media feeds, and always having the “boredom munchies.” I was tired of worrying about, “When will this end?” or, “How will this will affect the rest of my school year and the start of my career?” And yes, just when I thought all the pieces were falling together in life, a pandemic swooped throughout the world and shattered my normal routine.
Then, I came across a quote: “The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you gain the power to CHANGE ANYTHING in your life.” Now this certainly doesn’t mean the coronavirus is your fault, that becoming quarantined and jobless is your fault, that the gyms and salons shutting down is your fault; nor is it solely your responsibility to change these things, because they are all EXTERNAL to YOU.
So what can you take responsibility for? The free time that has been given to you, the opportunities to help someone in need (so many need in right now), the chance to reconnect with loved ones, or the opportunity to work on yourself without any distractions. There is never a “perfect” time to start getting back on track. Life will ALWAYS be throwing unexpected events and barriers your way. However, it is in YOUR POWER to either look at life’s unforeseen circumstances as barriers which hinder your goals, or you can look at them as OPPORTUNITIES to seize.
Knowing is only half the battle. How do you start implementing change into your life today? I’ll leave you with one action step to begin this week.
Write down a list of things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. It could be as small as finishing an art project or going on a trip to a different country.
Pick one that really stands out to you. Then, when you start heading to the fridge in search of “boredom snacks,” instead commit at least 10 minutes every day to working toward your goal. Want to go to Hawaii next year? Take time to sit down and create a budget on how to start saving up enough money over the next year. Want to expand your business? Start listening to podcasts, reading books, or getting in touch with other successful entrepreneurs. Want to start taking control of your health? Set up a free consultation with a health coach (wink wink).
Then, when life picks up the pace again and you have a million other things going on, you have already laid the foundation for your goal.
“The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become” -Charles Dickens. Today we are lucky, because we don’t have to sacrifice one thing for another (sleep for work, exercise for relaxation, etc.) we have been given the OPPORTUNITY to get our sh*t together. Don’t let life just “happen” to you…SEIZE IT!